The Escape Hybrid is available in Base or Limited trims with either front or four-wheel drive. The Escape Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine linked to an electric motor. The net result is acceleration similar to that of a V6. As a full hybrid, the Escape Hybrid can provide truly guilt-free operation by running solely on electric power in low-load conditions. The Hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, also known as a CVT, that optimally matches the power and gearing. Standard safety features include front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. AdvanceTrac stability control with anti-rollover technology, four-wheel ABS and tire pressure monitoring round-out the impressive list. The Hybrid also offers a convenient AC outlet for powering small devices such as a laptop.
The Escape Hybrid carries-on for 2010 with minimal changes.
Operating in front wheel drive under normal conditions, sensors in each wheel detect slip, and channel power rearward as necessary to maintain your grip.
- AutoSite.com, CarsDirect
One thing that impressed me was how quiet the cabin is on the freeway, with its low-revving engine, and new thicker glass and thicker carpeting, the cabin is very quiet, the loudest noise being the tires.
- Canadian Driver, CarsDirect
Its part-cute, part-tough styling is just inoffensive enough to appeal to a wide demographic.
- Motor Trend, CarsDirect
The Escape Hybrid drives like a normal vehicle, with the engine controls deciding when the vehicle should be using electric power, or gas power, or both. All a driver does is drive.
- MSN Autos, CarsDirect
Bottom line, you don't give up much in the way of practicality when you choose to wear the "Hybrid" badge.
- Edmunds.com, CarsDirect
And, no, you don't have to plug it in.
- New Car Test Drive, CarsDirect
Like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Escape Hybrid has fairly stiff suspension tuning that makes for a firm ride.
- Cars.com, CarsDirect
At the back of the vehicle, there's a bit less cargo room than a regular Escape has because the hybrid's electric battery pack, composed of 250 D-sized cells in a sealed unit, sits under the cargo floor. So, while a regular Escape offers 29.3 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats and maximum 66.3 cubic feet if the rear seats aren't used by passengers, the corresponding numbers in the hybrid are 27.6 and 65.5 cubic feet, respectively.
- MSN Autos, CarsDirect
A terrific compact SUV.
|top Body Exterior features||Base||Limited|
|Heated door mirrors||Y||Y|
|Power door mirrors||Y||Y|
|top Convenience Features features||Base||Limited|
|Front beverage holders||Y||Y|
|Driver door bin||Y||Y|
|Rear door bins||Y||Y|
|Tilt steering wheel||Y||Y|
|Rear beverage holders||Y||Y|
|Remote keyless entry||Y||Y|
|Passenger door bin||Y||Y|
|Front dual zone A/C||Y||Y|
|Passenger vanity mirror||Y||Y|
|Automatic temperature control||Y||Y|
|Driver vanity mirror||Y||Y|
|Auto-dimming rearview mirror||Y|
|Garage door transmitter||Y|
|top Entertainment Features features||Base||Limited|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls||Y||Y|
|Radio data system||Y||Y|
|top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation features||Base||Limited|
|Variably intermittent wipers||Y||Y|
|Outside temperature display||Y||Y|
|Rear window defroster||Y||Y|
|Fully automatic headlights||Y||Y|
|Rear window wiper||Y||Y|
|Low tire pressure warning||Y||Y|
|Front reading lights||Y||Y|
|Front fog lights||Y||Y|
|top Off-Road Capability features||Base||Limited|
|top Powertrain features||Base||Limited|
|Variable valve control||Y||Y|
|Sequential multi-point fuel injection||Y||Y|
|top Safety and Security features||Base||Limited|
|Dual front side impact airbags||Y||Y|
|Dual front impact airbags||Y||Y|
|Occupant sensing airbag||Y||Y|
|top Seats and Trim features||Base||Limited|
|Front centre armrest||Y||Y|
|Split folding rear seat||Y||Y|
|Leather steering wheel||Y||Y|
|Power driver seat||Y||Y|
|Heated front seats||Y|
|top Suspension/Handling features||Base||Limited|
|Four wheel independent suspension||Y||Y|
|Rear anti-roll bar||Y||Y|
|Front anti-roll bar||Y||Y|